Although it was a four-lane street and he was crossing mid-block, he had looked both ways and no traffic was approaching in either direction. A skilled lawyer not only maximizes your recovery, but he relieves you from the burden and the stress of trying to deal with the insurance company on your own. And having peace of mind that your interests are being protected will free you to get better and take care of your family. Diana’s situation is kind of like a combination of the first two examples.Read More
Oklahoma Swimming Pool Accidents
Almost everyone likes to swim in a pool, is a good way to work out, relax, and is cheaper than a trip to the beach. Unfortunately, like happens in other places, accidents often take place inside these facilities.
Recent studies suggest that every day, over 9 people die due to drowning in swimming pools. Also, this is the second most common cause of wrongful death among children between the ages of 1 to 14. This happens even when the child is being supervised by an adult. There are also non-fatal swimming pool injuries that required medical attention, and often hospitalization.
Common Pool Accidents and Injuries: Despite what you may think, there are many ways to get hurt inside the pool. This leads to a wide variety of injuries. Some of the most common accidents are:
- Slip and falls: As almost every square inch of the pool area is wet, this accident is fairly common. The most common injuries related to this accident are traumatic brain injuries, head trauma, and broken bones.
- Drowning: On some occasions can be fatal. If the brain lacks oxygen for a prolonged period, it can cause irreparable damages like brain death or cell death.
- Diving blows: Sometimes the people aren’t aware of how shallow the pool is. Therefore, swimmers hit their heads against the floor when they carelessly dive into the pool. The blow can cause head trauma, break the skull and teeth, and leave the person unconscious, which can be very dangerous.
In the case that there is an “invisible” danger, the manager must warn the swimmers. If possible, the dangerous areas must the appropriate warning signs. This way, everyone in the pool will be aware of the danger, freeing the manager and the owner from any responsibility for the accident. For example, if there is a broken set of stairs, everyone must be aware to avoid any kind of dangerous situation.
Don’t forget to make the claim quickly. All swimming pool accident claims follow the statute of limitations. Meaning that you have a fixed window to make your claim. After it ends, you are not allowed to sue the other party. But if you have a great lawyer, he could be able to extend that window, giving you more time to make the claim and achieve compensation.
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Top Lawyers Pick
- Jacob Diesselhorst
- Patrick W. Wandres
- C. Scott Loftis
- Rick W. Bisher
- Noble K. McIntyre
- Gary J. James
- Andrew M. Casey
- Brent L. Neighbors
- Joe E. White, Jr.
- L. Ray Maples, II
- Gregg W. Luther
- Cory Hicks
One of the most aggressive and well-thought-of young trial attorneys in Oklahoma litigation today, Jacob Diesselhorst has gained the trust, respect and admiration of not only his clients, but opposing counsel, judges and colleagues alike. He takes great pride in helping the victims and families of those who have suffered serious injuries or death due to the negligence of another person or a corporations improper conduct. He aggressively represents clients and successfully obtains justice and compensation on their behalf.Mr. Diesselhorst received his law degree from University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2002 and has focused his legal practice in the areas of medical malpractice, birth injuries, trucking accidents, brain and spinal cord injury, and catastrophic injury or death as a result of motor vehicle or on-the-job accidents. He is licensed to practice within the states of Oklahoma and New Jersey.
Patrick W. Wandres
Patrick Wandres earned his Bachelor of Arts in Letters at the University of Oklahoma, and his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He also holds a French language Certificate from the Université de Nice – Sophia Antipolis in France. While attending law school, Patrick served as Justice of the international legal fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta. He was also a Stephenson scholar, and a Member of the American Indian Law Review. His article, Indian Land Claims: Sherrill and the Impending Legacy of the Doctrine of Laches,was published in the American Indian Law Review in 2006.An Eagle Scout and native Tulsan, Patrick returned to Tulsa after graduating law school and practiced with several law firms before forming Wandres Law. Patrick and his wife Brandy have three sons.Patrick is admitted to practice before all trial courts, and all federal district courts in the State of Oklahoma. Patrick handles all types of litigation, but focuses the majority of his practice to representing plaintiffs with claims of catastrophic personal injury, wrongful termination, discrimination, complex business litigation, and estate planning.
C. Scott Loftis
C. Scott Loftis focuses his Oklahoma practice on representing clients in their cases involving personal injury and wrongful death, insurance disputes and bad faith, criminal defense, divorce and child custody. An honors graduate of the Oklahoma City University School of Law, Mr. Loftis offers individualized, personal attention for legal representation throughout the states of Oklahoma and Kansas.Mr. Loftis is admitted to practice within the states of Oklahoma and Kansas as well as before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court of Kansas, and the Northern, Eastern and Western U.S. District Courts of Oklahoma. He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Oklahoma Association for Justice, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Oklahoma and Kansas Bar Associations.
Rick W. Bisher
Rick W. Bisher is a co-owner of the law firm of Ryan Bisher Ryan, with offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, the highest rating for ethics and competency. He is listed in Sterlings ,Whos Who Among Executives and Professionals ,directory and has a Life Member Acceptance in the ,National Registry of Whos Who,. He is one of the top 100 trial lawyers as selected by the The National Trail Lawyers. Rick is admitted to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has the highest AVVO rating possible. As a member of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, he limits his practice to helping injured victims.
4323 Northwest 63rd Street, Suite 110,, Oklahoma City OK 73116
Noble K. McIntyre
Noble K. McIntyre is the founding partner of McIntyre Law, P.C. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and the immediate past President of the Oklahoma Association for Justice. Mr. McIntyre is an astute and experienced litigator who represents clients in cases involving all forms of personal injury, including mass torts, nursing home injury and neglect. His past cases have included car and truck accidents, product liability, drug liability and medical malpractice. He is currently a diligent and formidable advocate for individuals injured in cases involving defective hip implants, transvaginal mesh implants, Paxil birth defects, IVC filter litigation, Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) and Physio Mesh cases.Mr. McIntyre was born in North Dakota, but he moved to Oklahoma with his family when he was one year old. He earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1992, and he graduated with his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1995.After law school, Mr. McIntyre worked as an attorney and then as a partner with an Oklahoma City law firm for several years before leaving to start his own firm. He and the attorneys at McIntyre Law, P.C. strive to improve their clients lives through dedicated representation and finding full and fair resolutions to challenging situations.Mr. McIntyre is licensed to practice before the state courts of Oklahoma. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. Outside of the courtroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters and, along with other employees at the firm, participating in and sponsoring a broad variety of community events and programs in the Oklahoma City area. Mr. McIntyre and the firm have most recently hosted a blood drive and distributed Easter hams and other food items to needy families in the community. His firm recently completed the 8th Annual Day of Kindness where over 6500 turkeys were handed out to needy Oklahomans.
Gary J. James
Gary J. James is an experienced attorney who has helped clients throughout Oklahoma with a wide range of legal matters, including criminal defense in some of the most high-profile cases in the states history. As managing partner of Gary J. James & Associates, P.C. in Oklahoma City, Mr. James defends clients against allegations involving murder, white collar crimes, federal criminal defense, violent crimes, drug offenses, and other criminal matters.As a result of his numerous criminal defense acquittals, Mr. James is currently retained by Law Enforcement Associations and Law Enforcement Agencies to defend Troopers, police officers, and other Law Enforcement personnel. Mr. James devotes a vast majority of his practice to defending Law Enforcement officers in use of force investigations, shootings and defending civil rights lawsuits.A native of Oklahoma, Mr. James received his law degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law and quickly began building a reputation in the State for his legal abilities and professionalism.After successfully securing an acquittal for his client in a high-profile murder trial, Mr. James received the 1996 Presidential Award for Outstanding Criminal Advocacy from the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Three years later, Mr. James was selected by the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System to defend Timothy McVeighs criminal charges, including 161 Murder Charges, stemming from the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.Among other honors, Mr. James has received an AV Preeminent rating for over 20 years from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible designation from the peer review service. He has and is included in lists such as the Best Lawyers in America, Outstanding Lawyers of America, Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, and US News and World Report; Best Lawyers in America.”Mr. James is engaged in many professional organizations, including the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Association for Justice.A former high school and college football player, Mr. James continues to participate in organizations dedicated to promoting sports and athletics in the state and at the University of Oklahoma.AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.,The Best Lawyers in America,® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc. Aiken, SC.
620 North Robinson Avenue, Suite 207,, Oklahoma City OK 73102
Andrew M. Casey
With a varied practice that includes criminal defense, personal injury and wrongful death litigation, and civil rights, Andrew M. Casey is an attorney at Foshee & Yaffe. Based in Oklahoma City, he provides representation to clients throughout the greater metropolitan area and other parts of the state. Admitted to practice before all Oklahoma state courts, Mr. Casey is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. In addition, he is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the Chickasaw Nation and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court.Mr. Casey has been selected in two consecutive years to Top Lawyers, Rising Stars. Since his first selection, Mr. Casey won an appeal before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and successfully obtained a verdict of Not Guilty with a complete dismissal for a client accused of First Degree Murder. In addition, Mr. Casey has obtained dismissals for falsely accused clients in numerous felonies in the last year including sex crime accusations and white collar criminal allegations. In addition, Mr. Casey has represented the interests of numerous businesses including construction companies and jewelery retailers.Mr. Caseys criminal defense experience has included both trials and appeals, and the cases that he has worked on during his distinguished career have been based on charges of sex crimes, homicide, assault and battery, drug possession and distribution, weapons violations, and driving under the influence of alcohol. His personal injury background has centered on the representation of people who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties in cases involving motor vehicle crashes, premises liability, defective products and auto-pedestrian accidents. Mr. Casey has also assisted clients whose civil rights have been infringed upon by government employees.Mr. Casey is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he majored in political science and received a Bachelor of Arts in 2009. After being a debate teacher and coach at the University of North Texas, he decided to pursue legal education, and he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. While he was there, Mr. Casey was an editor of the American Indian Law Review and served several internships before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 2015.
Brent L. Neighbors
Brent L. Neighbors has provided dedicated and zealous representation of his clients throughout the state of Oklahoma, for over 20 years. From the firms office in Norman, he focuses his practice on plaintiffs personal injury, medical malpractice, and general business litigation matters.Prior to attending law school, Mr. Neighbors first completed his Bachelor of Arts at Baylor University, from which he graduated in 1990. He then went on to attend Oklahoma City University School of Law, from which he graduated with his Juris Doctor in 1994.Mr. Neighbors is admitted to practice law before all of the state courts of Oklahoma as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma. A passionate believer in obtaining justice for ordinary people in their battles against major companies, hospitals and corporations, he has garnered many successful results for his clients. In addition to his practice in medical malpractice and plaintiffs personal injury cases, Mr. Neighbors also has passionately advocated for his clients recovery in insurance bad faith litigation, wrongful death matters and products liability matters. Mr. Neighbors spends time to work closely with each client in order to gain a thorough understanding of the facts of his or her case and how his or her injuries have affected his or her life so that he can maximize recovery.A strong believer in the need for continued learning, Mr. Neighbors is an active member of both the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma Association for Justice. He has received an AV peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, and he additionally has taught others about medical malpractice by leading a course called Medical Malpractice From A-Z at the National Business Institute.AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.
4217 28th Ave NW, Suite 101,, Norman OK 73069
Joe E. White, Jr.
Attorney Joe E. White Jr. is the managing partner of the Oklahoma City law firm of White & Weddle, P.C. Serving a diverse range of clients throughout Oklahoma, Mr. White has achieved considerable success representing the rights and interests of those who have legal needs involving any of the following:,· Personal injury and wrongful death,· Bad faith insurance,· Traumatic brain injuries,· Dangerous products,· Class actions,· Business litigation,· General civil litigation,· Education law,Throughout his more than 31 years of practicing law, Mr. White has earned a reputation as a formidable opponent in court who always aggressively pursues the most favorable outcomes possible for those he serves. A staunch advocate for justice, he provides a voice to those who are suffering needlessly through no fault of their own, and he finds great reward in being able to help so many in his community during some of the most difficult and uncertain times in their lives.Regarded as an authority in education law, Mr. White helped to establish the Personal Legal Services Program (PLSP) for the Oklahoma Education Association, and his law firm continues to manage the program. Through this service, Mr. White has become an indispensable ally for teachers and educators who need assistance with financial matters, family issues, simple wills, legal planning, administrative actions and criminal defense.A 1985 graduate of Central State University, Mr. White obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1988. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of Oklahoma, the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and the District of Colorado.Committed to his practice, Mr. White is an active member of the Oklahoma County and Oklahoma Bar Association, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Litigation Counsel of America, and the Outstanding Lawyers of America. He is also a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America, and he has served as trustee of the Oklahoma Student Loan Authority and the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation.Mr. White holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell along with numerous other accolades from his peers. He has also earned many five-star reviews and positive referrals from his satisfied clients.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
L. Ray Maples, II
Ray Maples is the founder of Maples Law Firm an AV rated law firm. The firm originated in 2002 after Ray had been working in a large firm in Atlanta handling personal injury litigation matters on behalf of large corporations and insurance companies. In 2002, he devoted his entire practice to helping individuals who are helpless against the corporate giants whose only objective appears to be the bottom line. In essence, he calls it profits over people. Now, Ray devotes 100% of his practice to helping the injured person and focuses his practice primarily in the fields of catastrophic injuries, defective products, trucking accidents, personal injury and nursing home neglect across the country. In 2015, Maples Law Firm merged with Nix Law Group to become Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst, PLLC. Born in 1971 in Albany, Georgia, Ray obtained his undergraduate degree in marketing from Valdosta State University in 1993. He attended Law School at Oklahoma City University, where he obtained his Juris Doctorate degree. Ray is married and has two wonderful children. Ray is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, American Bar Association and has been admitted to practice in all Oklahoma courts. He has also been recognized by several peer organizations for his advocacy skills.
Gregg W. Luther
The founder of Gregg W. Luther, pllc, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Gregg W. Luther has aggressively litigated on behalf of his clients in the surrounding areas for over 20 years. From the start, his practice of law has been focused on medical malpractice law and the complex litigation involved in the representation of plaintiffs in cases involving birth injuries, surgical mistakes, medication errors and similar matters.Mr. Luther attended law school at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, graduating in 1992 with his Juris Doctor. While he was in law school, he served as an editor of the Oklahoma Law Review. Upon his graduation, Mr. Luther went to work for some of the largest medical malpractice defense firms in the state, where he honed his skills in litigating tough cases. After learning how these cases are defended, he then switched his focus, believing that injured patients need a voice advocating on their behalf. Mr. Luthers track record and superb ethical standards have led to his recognition by his clients, peers and the judiciary. He has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney may receive. In addition, his law firm has been listed as a Tier 1 law firm by U.S. News & World Report.Mr. Luther works alongside medical malpractice attorneys of national prominence. Dedicated to his profession as well as to his community, he is an advisory board member of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, The American Board of Trial Advocates, and The American Association for Justice. Mr. Luther is also a faculty member of the Keenan Ball Trial College.AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.
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